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ARTIS 2013

Infoapollonia – UAPR Iasi has awarded prizes to the winners of the artis-2013 municipal salon
October 8, 2013
Author: Anca TRANDAFIR, reporter Info APOLLONIAOn Monday, 7 October, staring with 16.00h, at the World Trade Center Gallery at the Europa Hotel, took place the opening of the 16th edition of contemporary visual arts “Artis 2013” – Municipal Salon. The salon was organised by the Romanian Artists’ Union (UAP), Iaşi Branch. The exhibition was presented by art critic Valentin Ciucă and by Felix Aftene, event coordinator and chairman of the Iaşi Branch of UAP.
“There are 107 artists, members of the Romanian Artists’ Union, Iaşi Branch, taking part in the yearly Salon. This is a show exhibiting works of graphics, painting, photography, installation, ceramics and sculpture, an exhibition we organise every year and during which we award prizes. The prizes have been assigned by a panel consisting of the chairman of the Iaşi Branch of UAP, the chairman of the Bucharest Branch of UAP and last year’s winners “, Felix Aftene told us.
The exhibition includes 105 works signed by the members of the Artists’ Union Iasi Branch.
Before awarding the prizes to the artists taking part in the salon, the representatives of the Iaşi Branch of UAP honoured first the most notable art events organised in 2013:
– the show “Salonul de desen”, by Dragoş Pătraşcu,
– the show “Mixed greeks”, by Valentina Druţu,
– the show “De la A la B”, by Matei Bejenaru,
– the show “Iago”, by Bogdan Teodorescu,
– the show “Atelier 35”, by Claudiu Ciobanu ,
– the show “Cumpăr, deci exist”, by Leonard Curpăn şi Bogdan Marcu,
– the show “Holocaustul evreilor din România”, by Sarah Einik, Israeli artist and the initiator of the painting project “Cum a fost posibil? 70 de ani de la Pogromul din Iaşi” (“How was this possible? 70 years since the Pogrom in Iaşi”),
– Festivalul Internaţional al Educaţiei Iaşi (FIE) (International Education Festival)- Florin Mindirigiu, executive director of FIE,
– the project “Expus | Atelier deschis ca act performativ“ – by Delia Andrieş, Ruxandra Răileanu,
– the volume “Moduri de a percepe. O introducere în teoria artei moderne şi contemporane”, by prof. Cristian Nae,
– the workshop “Piaţa Unirii- Piaţa artei”, part of FIE, organized by Adrian Crâşmaru.The prizes of the Artis 2013 Municipal Salon were awarded by category. The Grand Prize of this Salon, awarded by the Romanian Artists’ Union, was won by Sabin Drinceanu. Runners-up were Bogdan Marcu and Cezar Lăzărescu.
Florin Petrache received the debut prize, awarded by the “Dana” Art Gallery.
Sorin Pătraşcu received the prize for the youth category, ahead of runner-up Gabriel Obreja.
Cornelia Brustureanu received the prize of the decorative art category. Ramona Biciuşcă, Mihaela Carp and Angela Crenganiş were also nominated.
In the painting category, artists Leonard Curpăn, Doina Tudor, Cristi Diaconescu and Cristian Ungureanu were nominated. The prize, awarded by the Iaşi City, was given to Cristian Ungureanu.
The City also gave a prize in the sculpture category, awarded to Constantin Crengăniş. Also nominated in this category had been Sorin Purcaru.
In the visual arts category, Radu Carnariu came out the winner. Nominated in this category had also been Bogdan Maximovici.
The prize for graphics was offered to Cezarina Caloian; another nominee in this category had been Mihai Voicu.
Simion Cristea won the award in the sculpture category, offered by the Rotary Club – Curtea Domnească. Also nominated in this category had been Mircea Ştefănescu.
UAP Iaşi received a diploma of excellence from the Iaşi Rotary Club, with which it worked towards the development of culture and visual arts in Iaşi. The “Dana” Gallery and the Rotary Club 2000 Iaşi also received diplomas of excellence.
Creativity – the vector that lends Iaşi brilliance and light
Victor Bejan, a member in the Social-Cultural Commission for Education and Religious Affairs and president of the Iaşi Rotary Club, delivered a message on behalf of the municipality, congratulating the organisers for such a significant event. “I am glad to take part in this special event in the cultural life of Iaşi, which is a former, current and future cultural capital of Romania. Indeed, Iaşi has always had a special cultural life, a painting school recognised in the country and abroad. This is heartening for us, because Iaşi competes against four of Romania’s big cities for the title of European Cultural Capital 2021. The cultural life of Iaşi is very well represented”.
Finally, the critic Ciucă has underlined the idea that it is necessary to have an universalisation of communication, to make the citizens of Iaşi see that artists are “the bearers of infallibility” but also to learn what it means to exhibit as part of a team. “Iaşi fills with genuine values, which lend the city a dimension that is not often easily found. Beyond the awards handed out, each of them must realise that we are all part of a family, a family in which we do not establish hierarchies. All we do is keep a record. I am not originally from Iaşi, but this is how we manage to achieve some sort of synchronism with genuine values everywhere. Every artist is a flame and we have no reason to stray from this continuity. On the Iaşi scene, creativity has always been a vector lending the city brilliance and light “, added Valentin Ciucă.
The “Artis 2013” Municipal Salon will remain open until December.

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The visual artists of Iaşi are invited to display their works in one of the largest and best known salons in the city; the opening will take place in October, at the Europa Hotel Art Gallery.
The show of contemporary visual arts “ARTIS 2013” Municipal Salon is open to visual artists who are members of the Romanian Artists’ Union, Iaşi Branch, as well as to artists who collaborate with the Romanian Artists’ Union. Location: Iaşi, the Europa Hotel Art Gallery.
Requirements for participation: each artist may contribute one or two paintings, graphics works, small-size sculptures or works of decorative art work, as long as they were produced in the interval 2012-2013. Each piece must be signed and dated, and carry the following details on the back: author’s address and telephone number, title of the work, technique used and dimensions. The works must be handed in on the 1st and 2nd of October 2013 (Tuesday and Wednesday) at the Europa Hotel Art Gallery, between 10.00 and 16.00 h. A catalogue will be printed, and each participant will receive a copy.
Iuliana CIOFU



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ASIMEZA ARTEI IEŞENE / A DISPLAY OF ART IN IAŞI

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Posted on Oct 16 2013 – 8:50amThe works of dozens of artists from Iaşi will be available for public viewing starting today, as part of an exceptional event.
The Galleries of the Royal Foundation in the “Mihai Eminescu” Central University Library, together with the Romanian Artists’ Union, Iaşi Branch, will be hosting the opening of the show “Simeza artei ieşene” (“A display of art in Iaşi”). The event is scheduled to begin at 16.00h, with the opening speeches of prof. Gheorghe Teodorescu, manager of the Iaşi Central University Library, Felix Aftene, chairman of the Romanian Artists’ Union, Iaşi Branch, prof. Petru Bejan, art critic, and Valentin Ciucă, art critic. The show reunites works of Iaşi artists such as Gabriela Agafiţei, Alina Avram, Felix Aftene, Doru Cernea,Claudiu Ciobanu, Dan Covătaru, Gheorghe Lungu, Petronela Iacob. The event has been included in the series Iaşi Days.
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The Iaşi Branch of the Romanian Artists’ Union has inaugurated the Galleries of the Royal Foundation
Author: Anca TRANDAFIR, reporter Info APOLLONIA
October 16, 2013
On Wednesday, October 16, at 16.00h, the “Mihai Eminescu” Central University Library of Iaşi, together with the Romanian Artists’ Union (UAP), Iaşi Branch, have inaugurated the Galleries of the Royal Foundation within the library building. The gallery has three floors, all under the library dome, and hosts works produced by nearly 50 artists, members of the Iaşi branch of the UAP. The title of the exhibition is “Simeza artei ieşene” (“A display of art in Iaşi”).
At the opening, Felix Aftene, chairman of the Iaşi branch of the UAP, as well as art critics prof. Petru Bejan and Valentin Ciucă, held brief speeches.
“One usually opens an exhibition in a gallery. This time we start a gallery with an exhibition. This space is a very generous one. I have always said that it is very suitable for exhibiting works of visual arts. On the 26th of October we are launching our (the Romanian Artists’ Union) yearbook, as part of FILIT. This exhibition is an event that has been included in the Iaşi Days calendar. We’ll devise a programme in such a way as to continue using these galleries,” stated Felix Aftene, chairman of the Iaşi branch of the UAP.
Professor Petru Bejan underscored the fact that the first galleries run by the Iaşi Branch of the Romanian Artists’ Union have already had a positive response – the cooperation of artists, as well as the large number of visitors present for the inauguration. “These galleries are opening in the city centre, and the first natural question is «what is the use?». Why is it that we’ve placed this gallery inside a library, a place where images come to complete what books cannot provide? We want this to be a meeting place for those artists who have something to say and who produce a credible and valuable message. As far as today’s show is concerned, it will be a breaker of new grounds, and this why we thought the best collaboration we could have was with the Artists’ Union, an institution that coagulates today the most important functions of visual arts.”
Art critic Valentin Ciucă underlined the fact that Iaşi is a cultural capital, not in the official documents of formal agreements, but instead a cultural capital whose birth almost coincides with the birth of this space; these galleries, he added, will reunite many artists, destinies and vocations.
The works displayed in the show “Simeza artei ieşene” are signed by Felix Aftene, Gabriela Agafiţei, Alina Avram, Jeno Bartos, Ramona Biciuşcă, Zamfira Bîrzu, Mariea Boz, Radu Carnariu, Doru Cernea, Claudiu Ciobanu, Neculai Ciochină, Dan Covătaru, Simion Cristea, Adrian Crîşmaru, Ciprian Croitoru, Leonard Curpăn, Cristian Diaconescu, Gabriela Drinceanu, Sabin Drinceanu, Valentina Druţu, Bogdan Gavrilean, Liliana Gonceariuc, Valeriu Gonceariuc, Miruna Haşegan, Ofelia Huţul, Petronela Iacob, Gheorghe Lungu, Adriana Micu, Florin Morun, Sorin Otînjac, Mihai Pamfil, Leontin Păun, Dragoş Pătraşcu, Elena Potop, Sorin Purcaru, Violeta Radu, Valentin Sava, Mădălina Săbăşanu, Atena Simionescu, Lucian Smău, Constantin Tofan, Cristian Ungureanu, Mădălina Vieru, Ioan Vînău and Mihail Voicu



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2013 Catalogue – Romanian Artists’ Union, Iaşi Branch

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LAUNCH OF THE CATALOGUE OF THE ROMANIAN ARTISTS’ UNION, IAŞI BRANCHSaturday, 26 October 2013
Written by Eugenia Zaiţev

On 26 October 2013, at 17.00h, the “Mihai Eminescu” Central University Library of Iaşi, in partnership with the Romanian Artists’ Union (UAP), Iaşi Branch, have organised the launch of the 2013 Catalogue of the Romanian Artists’ Union, Iaşi Branch, in the newest gallery of the Iaşi Branch of UAP, the Galleries of the Royal Foundation within the Central University Library building.

The event was opened by the general manager of the “Mihai Eminescu” Central University Library, prof. Gheorghe Teodorescu, by the chairman of the Iaşi branch of the UAP, Felix Aftene, and by art critics prof. Petru Bejan and Valentin Ciucă. The gallery director, Felix Aftene, stated that this art album is a collection of the works displayed in the new gallery at the Library, which was opened recently, on 16 October 2013. Art critic Petru Bejan underlined the fact that the art album is the business card of the Union’s artists, who have left their painted shadows in this album, and that the launch may be considered a truly European event. At the same time, art critic Valentin Ciucă stated that “there is room for everyone under the sun” and that we should all be more generous, as generosity is a powerful sentiment. The audience present at the launch had the opportunity to peruse the album, as well as view the artworks exhibited on the three floors of the Royal Foundation Galleries in the Library building. A smaller album, “ARTIS” 2013, containing the works of Iaşi artists, was also presented.

This catalogue launch is part of the events hosted by the International Festival of Literature and Translation (FILIT), held in Iaşi. The 2013 Catalogue of the Romanian Artists’ Union, Iaşi Branch will be available for the price of 50 lei for artists, and put on sale in bookshops for the price of 100 lei. Participating artists will have the opportunity to purchase the ATIS 2013 Catalogue for the price of 20 lei.